Tuesday, May 10, 2011
High-level political conflict in IranThere is a serious political conflict going on at high levels in the Iranian government pitting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This report from Aljazeera English was posted on YouTube 05/09/2011:
Farhang Jahanpour provides a very informative assessment of this situation in Informed Comment 05/08/2011. Farideh Farhi in Iran's Two Executives Play a Lose-Lose Game Inter Press Service 05/08/2011 gives this summary:
The current controversy was sparked April 17 when, in response to Ahmadinejad's sacking of Moslehi, Khamenei publicly released a letter in which he asked the just-dismissed spy chief to continue performing his duties. Thus overruled and publicly humiliated, Ahmadinejad expressed his displeasure by boycotting cabinet meetings for 11 days.
And Ali Gharib also cautions against neoconservative manipulation of the image of Iran's opposition Green Movement in Washington Failing to Understand Iran's Opposition Inter Press Service 04/26/2011:
The exiles and policy makers – among whom, [Nagmeh] Sohrabi [of Brandeis University] points out, are many who don't want a military solution to Iran's nuclear stand-off with the West – base their characterisation of the movement as "what they want it to be and don't take into account the reality on the ground." ...Tags: ali gharib, iran
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